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Study Philosophy in Germany: 18 Universities with 20 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2021/2022)

Updated: 12-08-2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Often associated with past generations of influential philosophers, such as Kandt, Habermas, and Arendt, the interdisciplinary English-language Master’s programs in Philosophy offered by German universities take these foundations of philosophy and apply them pragmatically to deal with pressing and important issues of our societies today. 

The programs often focus on ethics, philosophy of science or technology and  intersect with other disciplines such as economics, history, law, sports and politics. It is also possible to enter a broader course of study in Philosophy and subsequently define your own area of specialization. All options are available in our Study Finder.

Overview

masters
20

Study Programs in English

universities
18

Universities

ranking
14

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

0,- € (13 programs for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Maximum:

14,875 € per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between March 31 and September 15

Summer Semester

between May 31 and September 15

View all 20 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Philosophy

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx. 51,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52, QS World University Rankings #62
#43Times Higher Education Ranking
Technical University of Munich

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx. 41,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #57, QS World University Rankings #61
#99Times Higher Education Ranking
RWTH Aachen University

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx. 46,000 students

Program Fees: 0,- € (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #144, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #201-300

Tuition Fees

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5 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

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Learn to merge consumer psychology and new technologies to develop your marketing skillsFind out how to meet consumer’s needs with digital toolsWork in small groups on practical projects with the industry
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A unique program to exercise philosophical reflection about scientific developmentsStudy at Leibniz Universität Hannover - one of the TU9 German Universities of ExcellenceHave the option to study abroad at one of Hannover’s partner universities
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Double Degree Jointly offered by Leuphana University and the University of Groningen in the NetherlandsUnique Mix: Psychology + SustainabilityGreat career options as a one-of-a-kind-specialist
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Learn how social, economic, and political sciences are interlinkedResearch, policy, and other intriguing career prospectsLive and study in a vibrant metropolis
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The interdisciplinary program teaches students to analyze the complex settings in which modern states find themselvesFreedom to choose your specialization in law, politics, public economics, or development theory and policyCooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2022/2023

Summer Semester 2022

Winter Semester 2023/2024

Open Programs

Application Requirements

The Master's program in Philosophy is open to students of all disciplines. It is not restricted to students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in the subject. 

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will usually expect you to have an academic degree in a related discipline. For the subject of Philosophy, and especially the interdisciplinary courses, this can vary from program to program. Relevant first degrees are often from the disciplines of Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Law, Life Sciences or STEM subjects. For most programs, entrance tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records, a language certificate), a CV and a letter of motivation are typically required.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
30% local admission restriction (local NC)
30% no admission restriction
40% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

75% directly at University
20% via uni-assist

6 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (2 programs )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (5 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5 (1 program )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (2 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (5 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

Program Features

3-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Beginning

Winter intake

65%

Summer intake

5%

Winter & Summer intake

30%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Philosophy

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Bard College Berlin

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 250

Program Fees: 14,875 €

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 25,000

Program Fees: 0,- €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Brand University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 300

Program Fees: 5,340 € - 6,840 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 39,000

Program Fees: 1,633 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 2,400

Program Fees: 7,050 €

M.A. (Master of Arts)

MBA (Master of Business Administration)

LL.M. (Master of Laws)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

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